I believe that we should all be responsible for the safety of children everywhere. We should make sure that every child is cared for properly and protected from harm to the best of our ability. It is easy to let the stress and fast pace of every day life distract us from our own children...
So what about children who are being neglected, abused and treated poorly? Who is looking out for them?
Since my early days of working with children and families, I have always felt that it was my responsibility to ensure that the children were always well taken care of and safe no matter what. I have been trained to recognize the signs of physical abuse, emotional abuse and neglect. It is even more important to me now that I am a doula. Thankfully I have never been in a situation where I have suspected abuse and had to report it, but for many educators & caregivers, this happens far too often. This week I would like to share some resources in case you are ever in that situation and need to take the next steps to ensure a child's safety.
National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-4-A-Child (1-800-422-4453)
Prevent Child Abuse America
Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina
Child Welfare Information Gateway
American Humane Association
American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children
National Children's Alliance
American Psychological Association
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Children's Advocacy Center
If you are a parent, teacher, caregiver or you work directly with children, I hope and pray you never have to use this list. It would mean a lot to me if you would be diligent and look out for a child that may need your help.